Important COVID-19 update

Family Update page – January 13, 2021


Important message from Cherie Stellick, Interim Executive Director

At Benedictine Living Community-Rochester, our priority is the health, wellness and safety of our residents and employees. We are in very close communications with our state and local health officials to ensure we are taking all appropriate steps to prevent the spread of the virus.

For the latest COVID-19 update, please check our hotline at 507-512-7994.

COVID-19 Vaccine:

Benedictine Madonna Meadows staff and residents will be receiving their first dose on January 22nd,  Benedictine Byron staff and residents will be receiving their first dose on January 25th, and Benedictine Madonna Towers Independent Living, Assisted Living, Memory Care, and staff will be receiving their first dose on January 26th.  

As we wait for information on when the COVID-19 vaccine will be available for our assisted living residents and when the vaccine will be available for all, we urge all to remain vigilant with wearing face masks and wearing them properly, practicing good hand hygiene and social distancing.

We are encouraging everyone to get vaccinated against COVID-19. It is one of the best ways to protect yourself and everyone around you, particularly those who are at increased risk for severe illness. Getting these shots will not only protect you from being infected; it will help us take a big step towards ending this pandemic.

Our Benedictine Madonna Towers skilled nursing center residents and employees received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine on Jan. 5. The second dose of the vaccine will be offered to them on Feb. 3.

Some basic information on the vaccine:

  • There will be no cost to residents or our associates for the shots.
  • Everyone will need two injections with a specific time in between (21 or 28 days depending on the vaccine) for the vaccination to be effective.
  • If an individual has had COVID-19, they should still get the vaccine.
  • Some people have had a sore arm, mild aches and fever after getting the shot, but you cannot be infected by COVID-19 through the shot. It’s important that everyone receive both injections.

COVID-19 Update:

Out of our concern for the health and safety of our residents and staff, Benedictine Living Community-Rochester has been offering regular coronavirus testing and testing as needed if symptoms arise. This effort helps to identify those who may have the virus and may not show symptoms so we can care for them and potentially limit transmission to others.

We continue to closely monitor all residents and employees for signs and symptoms of illness. We are also in close communication with our local and state health officials to ensure we are taking all appropriate steps to prevent the virus from spreading on our campus.


Unfortunately, we are unable to offer indoor visitation at this time. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) requires that a community must not have had a new COVID-19 case for 14 days and a lower level of virus transmission in the broader community in order to offer indoor visitation. We are monitoring this situation weekly and will keep you informed on the status of when we will resume visits in our setting. We encourage family and friends to contact us to arrange for virtual visits.